Clijsters downs Williams in farewell display
Kim Clijsters said farewell to her legion of fans with victory over Venus Williams in an exhibition match in Belgium.
The 29-year-old announced earlier this year that 2012 would be her last season in the sport after a glittering career spanning 15 years.
The Belgian ace won four Grand Slams titles, with three at the US open and the 2011 Australian Open.
She originally called time on her career back in 2007 to start a family but, following the birth of her daughter, opted to re-join the tour.
And the Bilzen-born star will have been glad she did as three of her Grand Slam triumphs came after her comeback as she enjoyed a resurgence in form.
Clijsters never really shone at Wimbledon, with two semi-final appearances the limit of her success at SW19, while she was a losing finalist twice at Roland Garros.
But she will always be remembered for winning the US Open in 2009 in her first event back after dusting off her racket and getting back on court.
The popular right-hander opted to play one final match to say goodbye to her fans and triumphed 6-3 6-3 in Antwerp and, after the contest, made it clear that other aspects of life are now far more important to her than tennis.
"I had no regrets at stopping my career on August 29 at the US Open, and I still don't have any," she said. "There's not just tennis in my life. I like cooking, gardening, reading, decorating the house, putting up the Christmas tree and running."